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Medical Malpractice

10/14/2020
Client:

Defendant Fire Protection District

Outcome:

Summary Judgment for the Defense

Synopsis:

DBMS obtained summary judgment in favor of a local fire protection district and its paramedics/firefighters on plaintiffs’ claims of negligence and willful and wanton conduct. Asserting wrongful death and survival claims, plaintiffs alleged that the fire protection district paramedics did not timely respond to an emergency dispatch to the home of plaintiffs’ decedent, who was suspected of having a stroke. After completing party depositions, DBMS moved for summary judgment in favor of the fire protection district. DBMS successfully argued that, as a matter of law, the paramedics’ actions in responding to the emergency dispatch did not rise to the level of willful and wanton misconduct and, further, that the Illinois Emergency Medical Services Systems Act immunized the paramedics from plaintiffs’ negligence claims.